Impressions of the ’09 Pottery Trail, by Angela Fina

Angela's Magnolia My favorite part about the Pottery Trail (besides the fact that I did sell a lot of work in the two days) was getting to talk with so many people who genuinely appreciate hand made pots and who enjoyed coming to my studio.  The two day sale is long enough that visitors were spaced out nicely.  I rarely had more than 3 or 4 groups of people at one time, and so I was able to have real conversations with almost everyone.  There were many people who were studying pottery, or who had their own studios at home, or had studied pottery in school.  Some asked technical questions or were interested in my background in clay.  I found their stories of finding a way to be able to make pots so interesting.  There also were several artists who work in other media whom I enjoyed meeting.  One of them, who made it to all 10 studios, happened to win my pot in the passport drawing.

My holiday sale in December lasts only about 4 hours, is very crowded and quite hectic.  Many of the people who came to the Pottery Trail were not my usual customers, but people I had not seen before.  This year it was fun to meet so many who had seen the article in the Travel section of the Boston Globe and who drove out from the coast and Worcester.
This is the 5th year that my magnolia tree was in full bloom the weekend of the sale.  The weather had been so cool I thought that this year it would only be buds.  But two days of sunny 90 degree weather forced the blooms and the tree was glorious.  I saw many of my visitors photographing it against the blue sky. A few people talked about my garden, and one was so interested that I dug up a couple plants that I had too much of for her to take home.
Two of my sisters, Doris from Natick and Gloria from Suffern, NY generously volunteered to come and help, collecting money and wrapping, and also cooking, cleaning, and helping me set up the days before.  We always have a lot of fun having a “pajama party” and laughing about old family stories.  They both are nurses and it was surprising how many visitors were in the medical profession who enjoyed talking with them.


1 Response to “Impressions of the ’09 Pottery Trail, by Angela Fina”

  1. 1 Michael Kline May 25, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    I wish I could have been there. What a wonderful time! I had no idea magnolia’s grew in New England!

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